#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes applauded the National Training Agency (NTA) for efforts that yielded a group of graduates, 30 percent of whom by completion of their studies had already gained employment, and 45 percent were being considered for employment.
At the ceremonies at NTA on Thursday evening, January 25, 2018, the Minister said special thanks were to NTA for facilitating the first ever cruise line workforce recruitment exercise with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that hired 120 Bahamians and has plans to hire 200 Bahamians annually. Minister Foulkes also anticipated NTA Family Island expansion in the near future.
A total of 215 students of “Cohort 8” graduated from NTA (National Training Agency) and received their certificates, pins and awards. Four weeks of “soft skills” training followed by 10 weeks of technical skills training (14 weeks total) produced certified individuals in Hospitality, Allied Health, Auto Body, Office Procedures, Microsoft Office/Quickbooks, Customer Service, Retail Business Skills, and Teacher’s Aide.
Special Award recipients were: Janet Darling, Menelik Darling, Willisha Penn, Livingston Munroe, Brennika Coleby, Micquelle Rolle, D’Angeria Taylor, Ebonee Turnquest, Kyle Scriven, Dymond Moss, and Niketra Rolle.
Cohort 8 recipient of the esteemed ‘Executive Director’s Award’ was Steffon Miller. He began his speech by quoting Malcolm X, saying: “The future belongs to those who prepare today”. He reflected on his experiences at the NTA while highlighting that his favourite memory was a teamwork exercise. Steffon extended special congratulations to his classmates who were trained in Microsoft Office 2013 and all passed the national examination. Mr. Miller also gave special thanks to his teacher, Mrs. Bethel and ended with a reminder that “Together we can make a difference… put God first.”
Minister Foulkes congratulated students who completed “competency based training where they gained employments skills that the country needs for a globally competitive work force.” The Minister also highlighted the six hearing-impaired students among the graduates. He undertook to ensure that NTA is open and accessible to all Bahamians, just like it was to these graduates, free of charge.
Executive Director of NTA Gadville McDonald said to the graduates, “You have done it. Tonight, you make us proud.” He also shared a personal perspective: “We all can grow, and grow we must. You all have grown.” He ended by assuring the graduates that NTA will be contacting them to applaud them along their journey and inform them of further training programs.
By: Sydnei L. Isaacs
Photo caption: NTA Graduation, January 25, 2018 – Students, parents, instructors, and officials in attendance. Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion Foulkes is shown presenting training certificate to Steffon Miller, who was also the recipient of the ‘Executive Director’s Award.’ NTA Executive Director Gadville McDonald is at left.
(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)
Invest Turks and Caicos Attended Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit
#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2021 – Invest Turks and Caicos (Invest TCI) is pleased to announce the Agency’s participation in the 10TH Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) held November 10th-12th, 2021, at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas.
CHICOS is one of the premier hospitality conferences in the region. In its 10th year, this event brought together more than 300 regional and international investors and operators and the region’s leading decision makers – all to discuss the region’s markets and possibilities.
Invest TCI participated in the Caribbean Government Leaders plenary session on Friday, November 12th, alongside the Bahamas Investment Authority, Invest St. Lucia, and JAMPRO. The plenary discussions focused on the investment environment of Caribbean economies in a post covid environment under two key themes: diversification of the economy and tourism and the need for greater involvement of (and positive impact on) local communities.
Attending the summit on behalf of Invest TCI was Interim CEO, Angela Musgrove and Legal and Compliance Officer, Judith Garland.
Commenting on the summit, Ms. Garland stated, “I was delighted to represent the Agency at the 10th Anniversary edition of CHICOS. I found the sessions engaging, and the industry trends and knowledge imparted was most valuable. It was great to meet new faces and establish relationships with industry colleagues, which can present mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships in the future.
Interim CEO Angela Musgrove stated, “Invest TCI will continue to support and leverage industry conferences to promote opportunities in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is the Agency’s 5th year attending CHICOS, and it has allowed us to directly engage with potential investors and prospects interested in doing business in the TCI. Through these types of events, the Agency can continue to proactively target new investment opportunities, lucrative partnerships, and financial opportunities that contribute to overall economic development.”
For more information on upcoming events, visit our website at investturksandcaicos.tc.
Bahamian Para-Athlete Erin Brown to Become Godmother of RC’s Odyssey of The Seas
#TheBahamas, November 24, 2021 – A Bahamian woman who lost her leg to cancer and went on to defy odds and inspire thousands will be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas. Erin Brown, a 41-year-old mother of two and a para-triathlete who cycles, runs, swims and competes at an international level, will accept the honour at a special ceremony in Florida later this week.
“From the moment we heard the story of Erin, how her courage and determination in the face of adversity inspired others and led to a more inclusive consciousness about succeeding with disabilities, we were moved and knew she was a great candidate for godmother of our newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “A godmother serves as the guiding spirit of the ship and brings good luck and safe travels to its crew and guests.”
While she was in college participating as a track and field athlete, Brown was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma after suffering a fall that resulted in a broken leg. After more than a year of chemotherapy, her tumor showed no signs of shrinking, and Brown made the difficult decision to amputate her limb above the knee. Brown, who watched her own mother struggle for five years before losing her battle with lupus linked to cancer, knew she had to keep going because her child depended on her. She underwent surgery and woke up to one less leg. “Mind over matter,” she repeated. And then, she re-invented herself.
She said she recognizes now that her disability was a signal to start over. The first time she completed the 100-mile cycling event, Ride for Hope, raising money for cancer research, education and prevention, she led a group of adaptive athletes who heard the thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd that had witnessed the one-legged cyclist achieve what few with two legs could on the hilly terrain.
“A sudden change like the one I experienced is just an opportunity to rebrand yourself to yourself and to society. All those skills you had before – you still have them,” said Brown who has gone on to become an advocate for rights for the disabled and works at the University of The Bahamas as the compliance officer and counselor for the physically challenged.
“Having Erin as our godmother is a fitting way for us to pay tribute to The Bahamas,” said Bayley. “Our company’s very first port of call outside the U. S. was to The Bahamas more than 50 years ago. To this day, Nassau remains one of our most popular ports of call and Perfect Day at CocoCay remains our top pick by our guests. We are excited about this ceremony and honouring our long-time partners, as well as the newest Bahamian flagged ship in our fleet.”
Photo Caption: Erin Brown, who calls herself a limb-difference individual, will be named the first Bahamian Godmother of a Royal Caribbean International vessel when she presides over the naming of Odyssey of the Seas.
Sandals Foundation donates to skills training programs in Nassau
#TheBahamas, November 24, 2021 – The clothing, textile and art and craft programs at CC Sweeting High School and Aquinas College recently received a major boost from Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, through their charity arm, the Sandals Foundation.
The resort, which is currently undergoing a multi-million-dollar overhaul generously, donated bolts of fabric to both schools. This came after Regional Projects Coordinator, Kerry Ann Fung and her team alerted the Foundation about the fabrics as they felt that the schools would benefit greatly from them.
Sandals Royal Bahamian’s General Manager, Adrian Whitehead did the handover and shared that while the resort’s doors may be closed, their hands and hearts remain open to the people of Bahamas.
“We are resolute about giving back to this country in any way that we can. I’m delighted that Aquinas and CC Sweeting will make good use of the fabric and that it will help students to develop the skills they need to create sustainable and expansive change in society. As we continue with the work on the resort, we plan on donating so much more in the coming weeks,” he shared.
He added that properly resourced learning environments form a huge part of Sandals’ commitment to education, as transformative initiatives have been the Sandals Foundation’s goal since its inception in 2009.
Principal at Aquinas College, Mrs. Shona Knowles who received the fabric on behalf of the school shared that the fabric will be used to aid in the inculcation of entrepreneurial skills in students.
“We have a very vibrant art and craft department. The fabric we received from the resort will be used by students for art projects where they make things like handbags, cushions, stool and bench covers and other artistic pieces. We also have plans to use some of the fabric to design backdrops for multimedia purposes,” she said.
“We are grateful to Sandals Royal Bahamian? and are certainly looking forward to a long-term partnership between the Resort and our school,” declared Knowles.
In addition to other donations that the resort plans on making, come December, the Sandals Foundation will be spreading joy with a toy through its annual Christmas Toy Drive. This initiative will see them donating close to 2000 toys to children from various schools and communities in New Providence and Exuma.
The Toy Drive has been a staple calendar event for more than 10 years through generous donations from United States toy company, Hasbro and the kind support of Sandals and Beaches Resorts team members, guests, travel agents and partners.
Release: Sandals Foundation
Photo Caption: Principal at Aquinas College, Shona Knowles accepts fabric donation on behalf of her school from Sandals Royal Bahamian’s General Manager, Adrian Whitehead.
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